Free Yoga Festival

4 Mar

FreeYogaFestival2015 Yoga instructors from across the Valley offer an entire day of free yoga classes in the upstairs of the Mount Vernon Food CoOp.  Come up to the third floor, kick off your shoes and explore a variety of yoga styles in celebration of the rich diversity of yoga offered in the Valley.  Each class starts on the hour every hour beginning at 11 am.  Classes are suitable for all levels (including beginners!).  Bring your own yoga mat if you have one–otherwise, supplies will be provided.  No RSVP needed ~ come as you are!

Saturday May 16th, 2015

11:00 – 11:45 am Structural Yoga Therapy with Kathleen Grimbly

12:00 – 12:45 pm Children’s Yoga with Jessica Azeez

1:00 – 1:45 pm Chair Yoga with Simme Bobrosky

2:00 – 2:45 pm Yin Yoga with Shelley Dorland

3:00 – 3:45 pm Power Flow  with Krista Squibb  

4:00 – 4:45 pm Yoga Pilates Infusion with Suzy Cornell

5:00 – 5:45 pm Gentle Back Care Yoga with Jessie Tierney

Classes & Instructors

Structural Yoga Therapy ~ 11:00 – 11:45 am


Kathleen Grimbly

In this Joint-Freeing Series, students will be guided through gentle work that can restore range of motion and reveal and heal muscular imbalance and joint pain.  This practice is an ideal warm up for all physical activities, with body-mind-spirit practices of union. Kathleen Grimbly has been a Kripalu Yoga Teacher since 1995,  Yoga Therapy practitioner and student since 2002 and is a Postural Analysis Specialist.  She leads and instructs sea kayak, x-c ski, bike and hike retreats and tours, incorporating sport specific yoga practices,  teaches at Holden Village and various symposiums.  Contact Kathleen here.

Children’s Yoga ~ 12:00 – 12:45 pm



Children will be immersed in a fun and child-friendly yoga class taught by Jessica with songs, movement, stories and play. Parents are welcomed to join. Ages 3-6

Jessica Azeez is a 500 RYT with a Bachelor’s degree in Yoga and a minor in Contemplative Education from Naropa University. Jessica also has a certification and training in Storytime Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. She completed her Level 1 and 2 ChildLight Yoga TeacherTraining and Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer Intensive in August 2014. Jessica holds a CO and CA teachers license with an endorsement in Elementary Education. In addition, Jessica is a certified Waldorf teacher through the Rudolf Steiner College in CA.
She is currently weaving her love for yoga, children, songs and stories into her children’s yoga classes. Her children’s yoga business is entitled Story Blossom Yoga, LLC. She teaches at several locations and schools in the Skagit County of WA state. Jessica also teaches private and group yoga classes to adults. When she is not teaching yoga she is working part time at the Lululemon Athletica Outlet in Burlington, WA.
It is her hope that the yogic lifestyle and philosophy will inspire children and adults in schools and at home and that a shift towards greater peace and joy be felt throughout the nation and in every classroom.
You can find Jessica teaching yoga at Cresent Moon Yoga Studio in La Conner, Studio 1010 in Anacortes, The Children’s Museum of Skagit County in Burlington, The Anacortes School District (seasonal after school programs), & private homes.
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Chair Yoga ~ 1:00 – 1:45 pm

simme yoga day

Simme Bobrosky

Move through life in grace and ease in a conscious journey of self discovery. This Hatha Yoga class is presented in the holistic style of Akandha Yoga. Akhanda  means whole, complete, unbroken. This style of yoga, transmitted from Yogi Vishvketu, promotes flexibility, strength, healing, relaxation, inspiration, clarity of mind and inner peace. Fully realize the mind-heart-body connection in a class designed for YOU. Simme’s class will include chanting, breath work, asana and meditation. Her focus is with the senior population, adapting poses for those with chronic pain, orthopedic and dis-ease limitations. We will be using the chair for seated poses and standing balance poses.  Learn more about Akhanda yoga here. Simme Bobrosky, OTR/L, RYT of Yoga Heart Space has practiced yoga for 20 years and is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who completed her 200 hour certification course in Rishikesh, India in 2008.  She is a Registered/Licensed Occupational Therapist and a certified Reiki Master.  She leads kirtan in Skagit Valley and sings at local retirement homes, farmers markets and churches.  Kirtan is devotional chanting in Sanskrit that allows us to “connect with and express the JOY within.”  Deeply resonant sacred words are chanted with musical accompaniment in the call/response model called kirtan. She offers yoga classes in group and private instruction.  Visit her website,

Yin Yoga ~ 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Shelley Dorland

Shelley Dorland

As we age and/or become more sedentary, our bodies may experience chronic pain and stiffness. Yin Yoga is a quiet, personal practice to help the nadis, or energy channels of the body to open, becoming more alive and healthy. Yin postures are gentle floor poses held in a relaxed, meditative way designed to release tight muscles, joints and connective tissue, and to stimulate new cell growth. With long, relaxed, gentle traction we are able to heal and rebuild our bodies. Some experience in yoga is helpful, but not required. Yin yoga is gentle by nature, so that all may participate. If you can lie down or sit on the floor, you can do yin yoga. Shelley took her first yoga class in 1997 and it was love at first downward facing dog. She began taking yoga classes 5 days a week and was soon enrolled in a teacher training program. Since then she has been studying and teaching yoga nearly everyday for 14 years, studied in many styles of yoga with world class teachers including Naga, Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Anusara. She has also studied Yin Yoga and Anatomy of Yoga with Paul Grilley in 2006 and recently completed a 20 hour Yin training program at Twist Yoga Edmonds Wa in 2014. Shelley has deepened her practice and expanding her teaching skills by completing a 100hr Anusara Teacher Training Program and 100hr Anusara immersion in 2010. She also has extensive studies in Yoga as Therapy with Douglas Keller and Yoga Philosophy with Douglas Brooks. She currently owns and teaches at Riverwalk Yoga Studio in Mount Vernon.

Power Flow ~ 3:00 – 3:45 pm


Krista Squibb

Power Flow is a moving style of yoga where poses run together in a slow, fluid way connecting your breath almost like a dance.  Sometimes holding postures longer to really feel the heat and other times moving a bit quicker.  Working hard while learning to relax.  Strong emphasis on breath and an over all balance to your body. Creating strength, flexibility and endurance.  All levels are welcome.  Class is usually done in a 80 degree room. Krista discovered yoga while trying to heal wrist and back pain and never looked backed.  She brings 14 years of teaching experience.  She owned and operated Hot Yoga of Laurelhurst in Seattle for over 8 years before moving and settling in beautiful Skagit Valley with her family.  She has been through Bikram Chaurdry and Ana Forrest teacher trainings and has been lucky enough to have taken many workshops over the years with some of our best master teachers including, Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, Baron Baptist and Shakta Kaur Khalsa.  She also holds a certificate of training in Pilates.   Krista’s style is an eclectic blend of her years of experience. Krista teaches in her studio, Bay View Yoga, in Bow, WA.

Yoga Pilates Infusion ~ 4:00 – 4:45 pm

Suzy Cornell

Suzy Cornell

Yoga Pilates Infusion for Beginners is a practice that uses breath and  movement to increase deep core strength & stability while also expanding range of motion in all the major joints of the body.  If you have never practiced yoga or pilates before, if you want to learn how to access those elusive deep core muscles, or if you wish to learn how to find balance in body and beyond, this is the class for you! Suzy Cornell was born and raised in Seattle, WA and received her BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University in 1985.  She has over 20 years experience in the field of Adult Fitness and has taught Yoga and Pilates for over 10 years.  She received her yoga certification from Pacific Yoga at The Yoga Tree in Seattle, and has continued her education through YogaFit, Inc, obtaining certifications in Levels 1-5, Prenatal Yoga and YogaFit for Seniors.  She was certified in Pilates through Balance Within in Redmond. Suzy teaches Yoga Therapy at the Center for Holistic Wellness in Sedro-Woolley and is a Licensed Massage Practitioner and Structural Medicine Specialist out of Body Free in Concrete.

Gentle Back Care Yoga ~ 5:00 – 5:45 pm


Jessie Tierney

Gentle Back Care Yoga introduces you to mindful breath work and focused, gentle movements that bring balance and stability to the deep core muscles of the spine.  As we gently learn to locate, activate, strengthen and stretch, we gain the tools we need to bring the body into balance and freedom. Jessie Tierney is a is a 320-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified & Registered graduate of the Shambhava School of Yoga.  She is en route to Physical Therapy school, where she intends to integrate the ancient science of yoga with modern western medicine for a holistic and lasting approach to healing. Jessie teaches weekly yoga classes and a variety of workshops at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness and Hayloft Yoga classes & Horseback Yoga Workhsops at Double S Quarter Horses in Bow, WA.


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